|Jones Werner --Saltspring Island|
|Jillian Ridington -- Maui|
|It felt wonderful to place them and to think someone will find them. This beach is regularly beach-combed, and islanders decorate their yards with their findings. The first day I arrived here I met a family singing out their discoveries on the beach – Lavender glass! Coal! Cobalt glass!
I imagine similar children finding the shapes and treasuring them.
|Rosebud, Hummingbird, Meadowlark and Seaotter --Louis Bay, Nuchatlitz|
|Cameron Stewart - Point Roberts|
Perhaps they were part of something
that was brought to the beach
like an ornamental basket
or a flashy dress, or maybe they came from far away, washed up by the sea –
but who would ever think two crazy Canadian tourists came here and left them on purpose, took pictures of them and spent the afternoon contemplating the life of these shells?
- BB& RM
I waited a long time to scatter these pieces of shell. I am currently living a long way from the ocean and did not want to scatter them on the shores of Lake Ontario - it didn’t feel right. So I sent them to my sister and told her where to take them.
I wanted to set them free somewhere that held some significance for me. I have spent many hours on this beach and made many important decisions while running my hands through the pebbles
on the shore. My sister said it was raining and quiet -- just the way I had pictured it
in my head.
|It was cool, and the wind was blowing, slightly damp. I felt a lot of things as the shells were spread. I felt I was leaving treasures for others to find. I felt how connected I am to this place and the seasons…
The whole action seemed like sowing seeds for something new, and I think that is why the weather was so important, the feeling of fall coming and the rain and grey that was still familiar, but still brought something new and fresh,a shift in my life.